The Day of Getting Stuffed

The start of day was like any other on a long weekend, I slept in a little, and got up, then laid back in bed for an extra few minutes. Just the way I like it. Tonight we had the Thanksgiving dinner over at Suz’s parents place, but before all that, we drove around town, did a little shopping, spending time with each other. Before we hooked up together, we started our day with getting our personal chores done around our homes. She has a lot of yard work, and I had more unpacking and sorting at my compartment. But first, I checked the Real Estate listings on-line in the Terrace area, for that morning routine and amusement.

With shock, and awe, the listings I kept on a favourite’s list, were gone: sold. The news on the 40 billion dollar LNG plant really hit–homes were being scooped up. I checked the Kitimat, BC listings, and was equally shocked to find that their housing inventory was next to sold out too. I got in my car, and drove into town because I wanted to see one of the listings for myself, just to see if this was real. It was, as the “Sold” sticker gleamed under the rainy sky; the realization that this was very real, hit me. I just got out-priced of the market!

I was a little sad, but in away I was grateful at the same time. I have a great job, and for now, a great place to live, where I can save without scarfaces. However, having my own home would be the security I crave, in other words; no landlord to renovict you when times start to roar forward in the economic landscape.

The dinner was awesome! We stiffed ourselves with turkey, and yams, and enjoyed the atmosphere of the family environment. The feast was just that, a feast. and I cannot leave out the load of leftovers I took home with me. Yes, a weeks worth of turkey sandwiches are in my future. I love it!

The day was awesome. And with the official holiday tomorrow, sleeping in tomorrow will be equally as awesome. I will stay up for a little whale longer, then slither off to bed, hopefully keeping my mind off the housing markets. Good night!

The Riverboat Days 2018 Photos Are Up!

I uploaded over 200 photos from the 1200 that I took of the parade (Aug 4, 2018) and a lot of them turned out awesome in my opinion. I had to be picky-choosy because of the time and size restraints, but mostly time, as it took me about two hours to get everything sorted, and another half hour to upload everything to the website. So, enjoy the slide-show. You can see them at you own time by clicking the photo links on the right hand side of this page.

If you look to the right side of this Post, look under the “Pages” menu, and click on “North Coast Terrace, BC” link, to view the galleries. The 2018 parade link is towards the bottom of the list–at this time. 

To Prince Rupert, BC, and then Back To the Hot Weather In Terrace

As the title says, I took off to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to visit my baby sister, Suzy. Yes, I have several Suzs in my life, and all is good with every single one of them. The trip is about 140 km, from Terrace, so it took me about one hour, twenty minutes, or so, doing the speed limits–of course. Once there I headed for Suzy’s place, stayed for a few hours, then left for home. It was more of a meet and greet visit, something very casual.

The drive up the Rupert Highway was awesome. The valley never looked so awesome as the mountains were bare from most of the snow, and the morning sunlight made them really stand out. The highway had lots of people on too, but most were tourist, pulling trailers and boats with trucks and cars, as they were headed for the fishing spots along the ocean.

Once I got to about 80 kms outside of Terrace, the clouds hung along the valley, totally making it overcast. One moment you are enjoying the sunlight, the next, it was grey and darker, but much cooler. Actually, I liked the cool air, after living in 30C plus weather for two weeks, this was a welcomed change. When I got into Prince Rupert, they were only at 16C. It even “sprinkled” out for a short bit as I was driving into the town.

On the way back, around 2:30pm, the clouds parted again, almost at the same location, once I got way up into the Skeena Valley. When I got back into Terrace, the car’s thermometer was reading 29C. And it was muggy. When I was driving through some section of the Terrace-Price Rupert Highway, I drove through some sand storms. The wind was blowing the dry sand from off the sand-bars along the Skeena River. I never seen that before like this.

It was great trip in my car. The ride smooth and I had the stereo turned up a bit. I hope to do it again soon.

Mother’s Day of Moments

What makes this Mother’s Day stand out from the last fifteen years worth of Mother’s Days, is that I had “Mom” here with me, and as an extra bonus, two of my sisters were with us too, plus Suz., who seemed to enjoy the whole time. The setting was here in Terrace, BC, where my Mom and sisters drove from Prince Rupert, and spent most of the day here, with a huge family dinner at Suz.’s, family in Thornhill, BC, to end the day off. It was an action packed day, and I bet most everyone slept well after all the actives we did. 

It was my baby sister’s turn to drive out from Prince Rupert over to Terrace and Thornhill, where I live. They got into town around noon-ish, where the first order of business was all them wanting to see my “compartment,” or humble abode, which has barely any room. They saw the “compartment,” but they had to stand because I only have one chair that is free to sit on, and two others that have stuff on them. It was standing room only for them, but they seemed not to mind. My place is small, especially with four women standing in it, but they said it was cute until I told them what the rent is, then the cuteness feelings drifted off. Of course, Mom wanted to see my rock/crystal collection, and all my unpacked boxes sitting my bedroom. Oh, and of course, they wanted to taste the beautiful Thornhill water. 

The next stop was a walk around Ferry Island, where Mom wanted to see the tree carvings along the South Trail. With a super sunny day, we had little breezes to cool us down. My sister and her daughter, who came from Prince Rupert, had troubles with the heat, so we kept the pace slow with lots of stops along the way. Whenever we got close to the river, they were relieved as the difference with the cool breeze was about 10C cooler. They were not used to the inland heat we get here in Terrace. The Skeena River was high, from the spring run off, but not enough to reach over it banks. Only some parts of the trail system were not accessible due to high water, but this is normal this time of year. It was very funny as we passed each tree with a carving on it, we had to stop while the phone cameras came out, and each one took their turn taking their shots. I brought my camera too, but I was taking photos of them taking photos of the trees–it was funny. 

The next big event was the dinner over at Suz’s parents place, where we were treated with an awesome dinner of cool delights. From jello, and pasta salads with ham and vegetable dishes, the dinner was a big hit. The highlight was seeing my Mom meeting Suz’s Mom, and they seem to have hit it off. Mom used to live in Terrace way back in the ’70s and ’80s, so both seem to have claimed to remember each other then, but it was hard to tell with nearly thirty years of time under the bridge between them since then. Nonetheless we talked, shared stories and reminisce about the past. As the evening grew late, it was time for them to make the trek back to Prince Rupert on the highway. My baby sister was the one driving, (her SUV) so night-time driving is not in her comfort zone, so they left before the Sun moved below the horizon. The trek home for them is an Hour and a half drive, so getting there before dark was a priority.

In all, an awesome day! Lots of photos, lots of memories to go with them, and of course I think we will all have a good-night’s sleep. We did a lot, physically, from walking to eating, the day was full of activities. But most of all, it was day for our Mother’s, and I do believe they had a day of awesomeness surrounded with family, and with a Sun filled spring day that felt like a mid summer one. 

The Final Goodbye to Our Father

It was an awesome day in in the North Coast, by any standard, with few clouds, letting the Sun in; you could not ask for a better spring day. Today was about six months in the planning with organizing, and preparation, and as all that hard work came together as we arrived in Prince Rupert, BC just after high noon today, the moment finally came. For the first time in nearly fifteen years, my mother and (almost all of) my sisters, met under one roof. Like planets in rare alignment, it truly was a unique and special day. Though there was a purpose to all of this, to see the family again was awesome. Today it was a time to let go, and realise the ashes of our father back to Nature, and with it, one last goodbye.

Although he never decreed what is wishes were for his ashes, we as a family took the initiative and choose to place them where his favourite places on the Earth were. Half went to his home town in Ontario, and the other half stayed in British Columbia, his final home for three quarters of his life. My second youngest sister held on to his ashes for nearly fifteen years since his passing, waiting for the opportunity for us all to gather as a family, before taking them to their final resting place.

We choose the harbour becuase that is where he spent his past time, on the water in his sail boat, and among his friends there who also loved the water. The ocean was special to him, and his sailing was his lifeblood, and together this was his freedom. We even found out that his very own sail boat was still in the harbour, moored just five minutes away from where he kept it during his ownership. Truly amazing considering that was nearly thirty years ago when he owned it.

We each took a turn to pour his ashes into the ocean water, until the there were none left. It was Mother who did the last goodbye. Then, when all was done, we feasted as a family in celebration with food and drink, then told the stories with laughter, and when all was said and done, we left for our homes in the sunset’s light saying goodbye to the day, getting ready for next.

My compliments to Suzette for taking this photo.

Terrace BC Vacation Part 4: Relaxing at Lakelse Lake

Today is “Spending time with some of my family” Day, as my and my girl friend will spend all afternoon out at Lakelse Lake, barbecuing, and soaking up the Sun while spending it with my baby sister and her family. We were worried that the beach would be full, since after all this is a long weekend. To our surprise, the beach was almost empty on a picture perfect sunny day, in the middle of a long weekend. It is hot, much hotter than down in Vancouver, BC is. In fact, the weather up here is like mid summer compared to down South. This is fine by me. I plan on getting a tan today.

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These images were taken as we got to the beach around 10:00am. Not one person was at our section of the camping site. It was beautiful! After a while, around noon, people started filing in, but for the most part, the beach was ours.

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Sadly I did not bring my swimming gear, and sat on my lawn chair just enjoying the Sun with my girl friend, oh, and taking pictures too. My sister and her two kids, (one is 21 yrs, and the other is 17) did a lot of swimming, but mostly in the shallow parts of the lake. Her husband sat with us–he is not the swimming type guy either.

One thing that is bugging me; the name of the lake. I have known this lake for most of my life, and never wondered about its name until now. I have seen and read some maps and news articles about this lake, and some refer to it as Lakelse Lake, while others say just Lakelse. I wonder which is it? A mystery indeed.

It’s Valentine’s Day Today!

I was working feverishly yesterday getting my very special graphic all ready to send out for Valentine’s Day, and I got it done well before the evening was out. She loved it. Thank you. It was fun to to do, and is something that I enjoy doing–creating graphics. But, today is also someone’s birthday as well, someone very close to me (I will not mention names here). So every February 14th, is a spacial time of the year, and a reminder too, as I have a lot of bills due on this day as well.

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Lets see…, website fees are due, car insurance, and some other annual fees are coming up too.  For some strange reason I do a lot of long term buying on this day?

From the girl who stole my heart, to the fun of creating 3D graphics, I love this time of year. Funny thing, it is the only time of the year when a guy can sit down and have fun creating pink hearts in 3D graphic software without feeling weird about it.

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So, from Happy Birthday, to Happy Valentine’s Day, I wish you all the best. 🙂 You know who you are!

Mall Monkeys at K-Town

Yesterday I was talking to my mother, and the topic of my last visit to Kitimat came up. My parents lived up there way back in the ’90s when they moved from Toronto back to British Columbia. They lived in Kitimat for a couple of years before they migrated over to Prince Rupert in the North Coast of British Columbia. I told my mother about the trip to the local Mall in Kitimat, I believe it’s called the City Centre Mall, but I could hear her laughing over the other end of the phone before she told me about her time times spent there, “Mall Monkeys” was what she described.

You see, when I went into the Mall with my friend, it seemed to be exactly the same as it was when I was last there as a kid.  I noticed many people in the mall, both upper and lower sections had lots of people in it, but something was odd, out of place, when we started walking around. Now, this mall is small, when comparing Malls that I have been in over my life time in many other cities and towns. You can easily spend less than five minutes walking from one end of it to the other, both upper and lowers sections in one go. But what stuck out for me were these people who were just standing there, looking around, staring; it was rather creepy. But we kept on sightseeing, walking around, and then left town after about an hour before we went back to Terrace.

It was not until I brought it up with my mother that I recalled that feeling of weirdness at the mall. She then told me about people who go to that mall just to stand there and people watch. All these images that I had from my recent trip came flashing back. People that just go to the mall to stand in spot and people watch.

Imagine, “today I think I will go to the mall and stand in one spot for eight hours, and watch. Yes, that sounds like a plan for today.” O.K., weird. But what I saw that day did not make sense to me either, which added to the weirdness: these were not kids. In fact, what I saw were adults, say anywhere from their late twenties to close to retirement, standing there, gawking at people as they walked through the mall pass them. They just stood in one spot, never moving, except either to arrive, or leave for the day when the Mall closes, or maybe to deal with the call of nature. I can even imagine that turf wars must break out as some have their preferred spots to stand on.

After talking to my mother, I wondered if these might be the very same people today that she had seen back in the ’90s?

My Adventure Up in Terrace, BC

I visited my friend up in Terrace, BC, a four day trip, staying at her place. We drove around in town, and then down to Kitimat, and Rosswood, and then out towards the housing subdivisions around Terrace, even my old house that I grew up in. We did a whole bunch of things, having a great time, it was wonderful. But it was also business too; there is tones of work their, I mean really good quality work, and along with that finding a place to live is some what of a challenge becuase the economy is so good their, so I focused on seeing what I could do up their if I make the migration. I shot photos at every leg of my journey, almost 18GB of images and videos, so I quiet a bit of sorting to do over the next week or so.Kalum Lake - Terrace BC Oct 28 2015 Weblog Image

I want to stress how awesome the air is up their. When I stepped off of the plane on to the runway, I was hit with this wave of pure country air that almost sent my lunges into shock. I do not think I was ready for air so clean. The next shock was the stiff northern breeze, since it was an awesome clear day, under a nice high pressure weather system, the wind usually comes from the North, but the sunshine makes up for the cold wind.

The above image is at Kalum Lake, just 25 km North of Terrace. The water, the mountains, the air, just incredible. I was their on October 26, 2015, just after I arrived from the airport.

The second big shock is how nice the water tastes where I stayed. Unlike the water that comes from tap where I live, the water in Thornhill, the little community just East of Terrace where I stayed, is untreated pure spring water–just as pure as it can be.

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A close-up shot of one of the mountains on the other side of Kalum lake. I used my 300mm telephoto lens to shot this along with my Sony A77 camera. There was very little haze in the sky that day.

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Our destination was down-town metropolitan Rosswood, population, probably less than 500, or maybe 200, not many live their. They just got electricity a few years ago, and the road was paved about 15 or 20 years ago, so the little community grew from a few doted farms and cabins, to a healthy size community that it is today. Rosswood is an alternative to living in Terrace if you feel the rent and housing is too expensive for you there. You would be roughing it (in Rosswood) here though, like the pioneers did: no cable TV, high-speed Internet, and only only one General Store. Terrace would be where you go shopping for all your need, about a half hour drive if you stepped on it. 🙂

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When we got back to her home in Thornhill, the setting Sun was casting its light over the valley, and the sky was a deep blue. I took this shot over at the maple tree looking up towards the West by her house. The weather was awesome–I was lucky to have it for most of my trip up North.

More to come on my trip! 🙂